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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sonoma County Fair Food Scramble 2010 Results

Fair Food Scramble 2010 Results

I got selected to go to the food fair scramble at the Sonoma County Fair. I was one of five winners to try out as much food as we could in 2 hours. We met on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 (the first day of the fair).

For all you kids out there, I recommend trying the corn on the cob from Senor Carlos - they drench it in butter and then there are a wide selection of seasonings you can choose from like cheese seasoning to garlic seasoning...it's delicious! Also the steak tacos from Old Mexico were AMAZING! They had guacamole and a bunch of other yummy things on it that made it delicious. For a treat or dessert, I recommend the funnel cake from the Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake stand! It's like a big curly warm cake with a little bit of whip cream on top and a little bit of cherries on the side. I also recommend trying the fresh root beer in a tin mug which is located near Senor Carlos is.

I was very honored to be able to to this with Heather Irwin of the Press Democrat BiteClub. Heather is AWESOME and I am learning a lot from her.

By the way, here is the poem I entered in the contest with a little help from my dad:

FAIR FOOD By: Logan Bello (with a little help from my dad)

Oh lonesome bratwurst
On the shelf,
How I want you for myself.
You go so well with fresh root beer,
Add garlic fries,
It brings me to tears.
Corn dogs on one stick
Egg rolls on another,
On my way to cinnamon rolls
With icing they're smothered.

Pozole, turkey legs, teriyaki chicken,
The Pasta King, and fudge,
It's all finger lickin'.

A day with Heather,
An obvious pro,
What better way to learn,
And eat as we go?

And finally, I highly recommend that everyone check out the Sebastopol Gravenstein Fair the weekend of August 14 - 15, 2010 at Ragle Park in Sebastopol. This is an awesome old fashioned fair with tons of fun! There is music, apple processing demonstrations, bee demonstrations, old fashioned rides and so much awesome food! The best is obvious - ALL THE APPLE PIES and homemade apple fritters...Mmmmmm SO GOOD. You should also consider entering an apple pie in the apple pie baking contest. My mom does this every year and says that it is good to get involved with the local fair and support it. She has a lot fun doing this.

Have FUN at the FAIR!!!! Fairs are fun....Summer time fun!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Restaurant P/30


I had dinner with my mom and sister at Restaurant P/30 last night. P/30 is located on Bodega Highway outside of Sebastopol headed towards the town of Bodega or Freestone. The restaurant looks like an old comfortable house on the side of the road. It feels like a home inside and is really nice.

This is a restaurant that is REALLY busy! even on a Wednesday night. I would have to say that the saying "good things come to those who wait and/or are patient" applies here. You will have to wait. So if you have kids who don't like to wait, I would recommend ordering something to drink and some Kennebec Sea Salt Fries and head out back while you wait. The back patio area is not really set up to eat at, but it is a good place to use your imagination while waiting.

Once we were seated, I took a good look around and checked out the art. The art is really nice. Our waiter, Jules handed us a menu. We ordered the Kennebec Sea Salt Fries with homemade dipping sauces and their really good macaroni and cheese. The macaroni and cheese comes with bacon, carmelized onions topped with bread crumbs. I ordered it without the bacon. It's like real homemade fancy macaroni and cheese! For my entree I ordered the Baked Paella. There were clams, mussels, black cod and andouille sausage in saffron risotto. It was really good! It had nice soft rice with a buttery, smokey flavor from the sausage. My favorite part was the black cod which just melted in my mouth. I am not a fan of mussels so I gave them to my mom. My mom ordered the Grilled Flatbread Pizza topped with Truffled P/30 Arugula. Did you know that arugula is also called rocket? Anyway, she really liked it. My sister Rylee was not very hungry...she snacked on the fries and a little bit of my mom's flatbread. If my sister was hungry she probably would have had the Fried Gleason Ranch Chicken. This is what I would recommend for the "basic eater". The Fried Gleason Ranch Chicken comes with a waffle and strawberry jam. I would also recommend the macaroni and cheese. The tables are covered with paper and they give color crayons to kids who want to color on the paper table covering. Rylee had fun with that. The best part was dessert. I had the Saffron Ice Cream! OH my....it was just amazing. My first small little bite of it, the flavors of Indian ice cream exploded around my mouth. It was so creamy and delicious. This is probably one of the best and most interesting ice creams I have ever had.

At the end of our meal, I complimented the chef. His name is Patrick. He is an awesome chef. One of the reasons why there is a wait is because the food is made to order and is so fresh and good. They even grow their own vegetables in the P/30 garden. My sister was hoping to get some plain mayonnaise to dip her fries in, but they did not have any. They make everything...including all of their sauces and condiments.

So to sum it up....if you are in a hurry and have hungry kids you may not want to give it a try. BUT, if you are not in a hurry and you want to take your time to enjoy really amazing food and hang out, then give it a try! You won't regret it
AND they give you homemade suckers at the very end that are yummy.

How it felt: *****
Food: *****+
Service: ****
Cost: $$ 1/2
Kid Friendly: **

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Manners and What to Do With All of Those Forks and Stuff!

My parents thought it would be good to talk about manners and a few other things.

Me and my family eat together pretty much every night. Even if it is leftovers or a "basic" dinner, we eat together. We always talk about our day. We talk about these things: What our favorite part of the day was, what our worst part of the day was, what did we learn, who did we hang out with and what are you proud of. Even if friends are over, they have to do this too. When we go out, we do a smaller version, but we always talk about our day.

MANNERS are really important. It's kind of like giving your word to someone. To all the kids and pre-teens or tweens out there, if you want to go out to a restaurant, you have to have really good manners. My parents taught me manners but I am always still learning. Here is a list of GOOD MANNERS from my 4-H cooking folder to study:

ALWAYS wash your hands before every meal.

1. If you are wearing a hat, TAKE IT OFF!
2. Wait until everyone has been seated before you pick up your fork to eat.
3. Put your napkin in your lap so that spills will get on your napkin, not your
clothes. Use your napkin to wipe your hands and your mouth.
4. Don't chew with your mouth open - people can see the chewed up food and
that's gross.
5. Don't talk while you're chewing either.
6. No elbows on the table.
7. Cut big pieces of food into little pieces with your fork and knife. Don't pick
up a big piece of meat with your fork and just bite it off.
8. If you need something, ask for it. Don't reach. Say, "Please pass the..."
9. If you are having bread and butter, take your knife and get some butter from
the butter dish/bowl and put it on your bread plate or dinner plate. The
butter your roll or bread from your own plate.
10. When you have eaten all your food, put your knife and fork together across the
top of your plate. This signals that you are all done.
11. If you are at home, ask if you may be excused. If you are, clear your plate
to the kitchen.
12. ALWAYS compliment the chef!

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL OF THOSE FORKS AND STUFF:

If you go out to a nice restaurant, first you sit down and put your napkin in your lap. You will have 2 forks on the left side of the plate. You always start with the little one. The little one is for salad and the big one is for your entree. If you are wondering which bread plate is yours, it is always the one on the left. Your water glass is on the right. When you are using your knife, after you are done set it on the edge of whatever plate you are using.

ALWAYS thank your mom and dad when they take you out to dinner. It's a privilege to be able to hang with your parents at a restaurant.